A. Lee Graham
More downtown bus traffic is expected when Snowball Express rolls into town this week.
From Thursday Dec. 8 through Monday Dec. 11, the nonprofit organization will bring together families of fallen military service members for a weekend of activities.
More than 1,700 children are expected to attend the Fort Worth event, the latest in a tradition that honors military children who have lost a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The Fort Worth Police Department said that the following events could affect commuter traffic:
* Dec. 12, 8-9 a.m. The Fort Worth Police Deparment will load buses and take Snowball participants to Dallas. During bus loading, the department will temporarily close Houston Street from Ninth Street to Lancaster Avenue, and Calhoun Street from 12th Street to Lancaster Avenue. When buses are loaded, they will follow a police escort to Dallas, which may cause delays on eastbound Interstate 30.
* Dec. 12, 5-6 p.m. The police department will temporarily close lanes on Throckmorton Street between Lancaster and Ninth Street. Lane closures also will occur on Houston Street between Ninth and Lancaster, resulting in delays westbound on I-30 from Dallas.
* Dec. 13, 8 a.m.-noon. To accommodate the Snowball Express Walk of Gratitude, police officers will close Main Street from Ninth to Fourth streets. When the walk is over, officers will temporarily close traffic lanes on these streets to accommodate bus loading:
· Commerce Street between Fifth and Third streets
· Third Street between Houston and Commerce streets
· Houston Street between Third and Fifth streets.
· More information about Snowball Express is available at http://snowballexpress.org/events/walkofgratitude/